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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 178-181

Development of culturally sensitive dialog tools in diabetes education

1 Steno Diabetes Center, Health Promotion Research, Gentofte, Denmark
2 Department of Nutrition and Food Services, Steno Diabetes Center, Gentofte, Denmark

Correspondence Address:
Nana Folmann Hempler
Steno Diabetes Center A/S, Patient Education Research, Niels Steensens Vej 8, DK 2820 Gentofte
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Source of Support: The authors are employed by Steno Diabetes Center A/S, a research hospital working in the Danish National Health Service and owned by Novo Nordisk A/S. Steno Diabetes Center receives part of its core funding from unrestricted grants from the Novo Foundation and Novo Nordisk A/S., Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.146880

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Person-centeredness is a goal in diabetes education, and cultural influences are important to consider in this regard. This report describes the use of a design-based research approach to develop culturally sensitive dialog tools to support person-centered dietary education targeting Pakistani immigrants in Denmark with type 2 diabetes. The approach appears to be a promising method to develop dialog tools for patient education that are culturally sensitive, thereby increasing their acceptability among ethnic minority groups. The process also emphasizes the importance of adequate training and competencies in the application of dialog tools and of alignment between researchers and health care professionals with regards to the educational philosophy underlying their use.

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